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Junior Gold Mining Sector Distressing for Investors

The theme running through our mailbag this morning was one of distress as various investment strategies based around the performance of the junior gold mining sector appear not to be working out as planned. We will take a quick look at the GDXJ to see if we can discern any trends that may help us position our hard earned cash for future growth.

The GDXJ is the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, the ticker symbol is NYSEARCA: GDXJ, and it replicates, as far as possible, the performance of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners Index. As we see it the attraction of this fund for an investor is the ability in invest in a basket of junior stocks with the view that most of them will make good progress in line with a rally in gold prices and that some of them will eventually become the industries big hitters. For investors looking to find a ten bagger this could well be the place to be. There is also the possibility that the senior mining companies, who do need to keep their own pipeline well stocked, may swoop in with a lucrative offer to takeover some of the more promising members of this fund. The possibilities are exciting and one day we may see a rash of takeover activity in this sector with the corresponding rise in value of this ETF.

However there are some negatives to investing in gold miners such as the huge amount of capital required, rising labor, energy and transport costs, political, managerial, technical and environmental issues all have to be resolved for a mining operation to succeed. The risk of having a larger slice of the profits being taken by a newly elected government are never far away and the risk of being nationalized is also a threat that should be taken into consideration by an investor.

Now if we take a look at the last two years we can see that in January 2011 when gold was trading at around $1400/oz, the GDXJ was trading at around $35.00. Fast forward to today and gold is trading at around $1700/oz and the GDXJ is trading at $21.00. So gold is up 21% and the GDXJ is down about 40%. It can be argued that if we go back to when this fund was launched in late 2010, at a price of around $22.00, it has indeed held its own for 3 years or so. But it should be noted that the price of gold was also a lot cheaper then, trading at around $1200/oz.

As investments go this one is not setting the world on fire and it is hard for us to take a positive view of any investment vehicle that declines when the underlying asset is rising. On the other hand Baron Rothschild once said that "The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." So, maybe we are now at that point when the damage has been done and this fund is now in the process of forming its lows.

For now this investment does not appeal to us but we will observe its progress and report back to you if and when we think a real bargain is on offer. If you are of the opinion that the lows are in and this is now a very good time to invest please feel free to add your opinion, it will help to get some semblance of balance into this debate.

GDXJ trades on the NYSE and has a market capitalization of $2.77 billion; a 52 week high of $30.55 and 52 week low of $20.66, the liquidity is good with more than 3 million shares traded per day.

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Reader Comments (8)

"On the other hand Baron Rothschild once said that" 'The time to buy is when The Streets Of PARIS are running with blood' . . . which alike applies to BERLIN. LONDON. NYC . . . most anywhere they want, really. MIC

"As we see it the attraction of this fund for an investor is the ability in [sic] invest in" Banks, which, like all ETFs, created by Banks, for Banks, is exactly like giving-in to The City Of London all your papergold for their paperfiat, confetti, while Rothschildt INC insightfully hoards every loose WorldWide oz so as to all the easier empower themselves in China, from where, 'on both sides now', on both sides always, they'll continue to incite their WW . . .

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter1horse

I am a Canadian, and rather than GDX or GDXJ, I own a good chunk of BMG (Bullion Management Group). Some is in Canadian dollars, the rest in US dollars. I am debating with myself as to whether or not I should convert the US portion to Canadian dollars. I would apprecioate some comments and/or advice.

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbobi


In 2009 I bought into the juniors/speculative gold stocks with ATW, a Aussie company, and GBG, Great Basin Gold, a Canadian company with US assets. Both went bankrupt. This stuff is way to speculative for the average investor.

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich


Im so glad you took the time to fire in your comments, makes it all worth doing, thanks a million, Bob K

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterGold Prices


Over 2000 tonnes of gold came out of Victoria, over time. The notion that more could be found has put many companies to the sword. Crocodile Gold bought in and now owns the 2 main producers, so there is no market piz-az on the ASX for Victorian gold players -- production, but no excitement as to discovery. Who ever does make a discovery has to know the ropes - how to obtain access to private ground in Victoria.

All I can say is "watch this space" -- the one to view is listed on the NSX as code MMT. The hot project is in the central goldfields of Victoria, has control of the main part of the 4th largest historic goldfield, completed substantial geophysics in 2012, and is setting out drilling targets which become self-evident from its releases on NSX.

December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred


Can I have your permission to add this comment to our site please?


Bob K

December 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterGold Prices

Bob - - yes. The data is public. For the skills of the Company, those interested can look at where there is a link to the announcements platform of NSX. The Investor tab of that home page gives a direct link to the trading platform of MMT on the NSX. That's it!!

December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred


This is one that we know nothing about so thanks for your input. Hopefully we might have other readers who can also chip in with their two cents worth.

Bob K

December 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterGold Prices

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